Reliable sources tell Florida Politics that U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis is on the verge of entering the race for Florida Governor.
However, the longer he waits, the longer declared candidates have the field to themselves — potentially foreclosing DeSantis from key pockets of support, even in his Northeast Florida region.
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — who had over $19 million banked at the end of September — is planning yet another Northeast Florida campaign visit on Halloween morning.
Putnam will court Clay County Republicans at the iconic Whitey’s Fish Camp — and though Clay Republicans likely won’t hear anything different at Tuesday’s “Up and Adam” breakfast than Nassau County Republicans heard at a similar event some weeks back, these visits serve a utilitarian function that DeSantis will have to find a way to blunt.
Putnam has made numerous visits to Northeast Florida in recent months; his most recent was to a Jacksonville elementary school, though that visit was in his official capacity as Ag. Commissioner.